These are the words I want to say one day as a reporter and eventually news anchor. I spent the majority of my Christmas break interning at KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler. Because of my internship, I know exactly what I want to do with my life. I can honestly say that I am 100 percent sure about my career choice after interning at CBS. Even though I am a Broadcast Journalism student at TCU, I never realized how much work goes into being an anchor or reporter. During my time at CBS, I got a behind-the-scenes look at how news in produced every day. The job is not as glamorous as everyone thinks, and to be a great news anchor, it requires so much more than just being able to read a teleprompter. Most news anchors know how to write scripts, produce the show, edit video segments, in addition to looking poised and sounding confident at the news desk. The hours for the job are long and crazy, but it’s the adrenaline rush of making the deadline for each newscast that keeps you going. News happens 24 hours a day, so that means a reporter is on duty at all hours and ready to cover any story. Rarely does a news show ever run smoothly. I sat in the control room for many newscasts and something is bound to go wrong, but the viewers would never know. Every day the reporters come to work and have to meet a deadline later that day with the story they report on. It was exhilarating to watch the reporters and anchors work tediously on the newscast every day. Even though I was just an intern, I learned how to put together my own news package (the recorded video segments that include a stand-up and voice over), and I even recorded my first anchor reel. I am excited to return to TCU this semester and put everything that I learned through my internship to good use in my journalism classes.
Even after seeing all the hard work it takes to be a good reporter or anchor, I am not scared. I could not imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. Each new day brings the opportunity to learn something new. Reporters interact with the people within the community. They report on issues that are important to their audience. I know for a fact that I want to be a news anchor one day. I realize it will take a while for me to work my way up in the news business, but I’ve always liked a challenge.
Miss Frisco 2011
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